Review: Free PC Cleaner claims to clean your computer, but is ineffective

Free PC Cleaner offers to rid your computer of Registry errors, but it doesn't live up to its promises. It crashed almost every time during testing, after "finding" thousands of Registry errors in a matter of seconds. Since it made our antivirus suspicious during testing, it's even tougher to recommend over proven performers.

During installation, this program made our antivirus software pop up with a warning that said the program was a known adware problem. The program didn't prompt any additional warnings while it was running, though. Free PC Cleaner doesn't let you change … Read more

Vacuum buying guide

Ah, the vacuum. That extremely useful hunk o' plastic that's relegated to a utility closet for most of its life. Yes, I admit it: I have a love-hate relationship with vacuums. Sure, they clean the floor, but these home appliances can also be guilty of a number of offenses that make even the most basic clean-ups a major pain. Some are noisy and heavy and have too few or too many accessories. Others come with bins that are a challenge to empty or bags with hard-to-find replacements -- you get the idea.

Basically, there are a lot of potential … Read more

Vacuum and mop with the Moneual Rydis H67 Robot Vacuum

Priced at $399, the Moneual Rydis H67 Hybrid Robot Vacuum Cleaner sits comfortably at the lower end of the price spectrum in terms of robot vacuums, especially when compared with the $799 LG HOM-BOT Square, $699 iRobot Roomba 790, or $449 Neato XV Signature Pro. What makes the H67’s sticker price feel even more reasonable is the fact that it functions as both a vacuum and dry mop.

The H67 comes with many of the standard robot vacuum features such as a charging dock, remote control, object sensors to prevent collision, and a device that transmits a virtual … Read more

Review: Keep your address book duplicates-free with AddressBook Cleaner for Mac

AddressBook Cleaner for Mac is designed to eliminate duplicate entries from your address book with just a few clicks. With the trial version, you can scan for duplicates but won't be able to actually delete them, although you can still get an idea of how the app works.

AddressBook Cleaner for Mac needs direct access to your contacts in order to operate. Before the app starts to search your address book for duplicate entries, you can check which conditions will apply to the search. We checked a couple of fields and performed the search. Duplicate entries populated in the … Read more

We've got the dirt on these luxury vacuum cleaners

The CNET Appliances team endured hours of prolonged vacuuming to bring you this list of reviewed upright models. Sure, our arms are tired, but it was worth it because we ended up with a lot of data and buying recommendations for anyone out there on the hunt for a new, luxury vacuum.

Some of the results surprised us. For example, the design of the Dyson DC41 Animal Complete and the Dyson DC50 Animal left us a bit cold. Also, the $200 Shark Rotator Pro Lift-Away vacuum we threw into the mix for a budget comparison did as well as the $… Read more

The Dyson DC41 Animal Complete falls short

When you think of Dyson, you probably think: "ingenious design." I know I do. Its products are modern, sophisticated, and undeniably cool. Just look at the Dyson Airblade, one of the most appealing cooling apparatuses ever made. A brilliant idea, executed almost flawlessly -- that's the Dyson reputation.

It's because of that reputation that I was so stunned by the Dyson DC41 Animal Complete. As vacuums go, it's excellent, putting up nearly untouchable numbers in many of our performance tests. But in terms of design, it's a colossal disappointment. I found numerous key flaws … Read more

Did Oreck break the mold with its Touch Bagless Vacuum Cleaner?

When I was a kid, I remember seeing commercials for Oreck vacuum cleaners on TV. David Oreck himself usually starred in the ads, and when he did, he'd always cheerfully proclaim the merits of his machine, the 8-pound Oreck XL. The XL had the look of a complete clunker, with an ugly, dated design that seemed like it hadn't been updated since 1963, when Oreck first started selling vacuums in Louisiana. All the same, there was just something endearing and perhaps infectious about Oreck's unapologetic confidence. Sure enough, everyone I knew who used an Oreck XL swore … Read more

Review: Clean malware with cloud power with Panda Cloud Cleaner

Panda Cloud Cleaner would make an adorable title for a children's book, but it's based on the Collective Intelligence of the cloud, so it's more like sci-fi. Actually, it's a free anti-malware utility with cloud-sourced updates and definitions, which means timely detection and prevention of threats. We're big on anti when it comes to viruses and other malware, so Cloud Cleaner's claim to detect malware that other tools miss caught our attention. You'll need an active Internet connection, and not just for updates: Panda Cloud Cleaner sends your scan data to the cloud … Read more

Review: Contacts Sync & Transfer is a streamlined tool for managing multiple contact sets

Contacts Sync and Transfer is designed to work around the often cumbersome integration of multiple sets of contacts on your iPhone. With Apple contacts, Google, Facebook, and others all loaded and pulling from the same resources, it can often be hard to find any one person, and restoring your contacts in the future or to a new device can take time as you set up each service. With this app you can back up and restore all of your contacts in a single interface.

When you first load Contacts Sync & Transfer, you will be prompted to create an account. … Read more

Say goodbye to dust mites with the Moneual Rydis UV-C Vacuum Cleaner U60

The Moneual Rydis UV-C Vacuum Cleaner U60 is a handheld vacuum with a 600-watt motor that uses UV light to disinfect surfaces and fabrics. Its design looks a little clumsy, with a bulky front and the handle placed on the upper, rear portion of the device. You control the vacuum with two buttons: Start and Mode. An LED icon panel displays the available settings, which you select by pressing Mode until the desired setting is highlighted.

The U60 has three settings: Mode One with vacuum, vibration, and UV; Mode Two with vacuum and UV sanitizing; and Mode Three with UV … Read more